Why don’t planes fly over Tibet?

Because people will die.

That’s the logical answer.

But here is the…

…Definitive List of Reasons Why Airplanes Don’t Fly Over Tibet (or other mountain ranges higher than 20,000 feet above mean sea level).

  1. The mountains in Tibet are very tall. Mt. Everest is at the border between Nepal and Tibet. There are many mountains over 20,000 feet above mean sea level. Though most commercial aircraft can fly higher than the mountains, there’s still a chance you can…crash into the mountains.
  2. It’s a terrible place to be if you need to make an emergency landing. You’ll crash into the mountains.
  3. If a plane loses cabin pressure, general procedure is to descend to an altitude with breathable oxygen. If this happened over Tibet, there’s a good chance you’ll crash into the mountains.
  4. If you lose an engine, most drift down procedures call for a descent to approximately 20,000 feet. At this elevation you’ll crash into the mountains.
  5. There’s not a ton of major travel hubs in or around the Tibetan plateau. Therefore, there’s not a huge need to fly over Tibet. So airlines don’t do it. They don’t crash into the mountains.
  6. Clear air turbulence. There’s a higher probability of clear air turbulence caused by the Himalayas. Which can cause you to crash into the mountains.

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Did you know that planes never fly over Tibet?

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
Charlie Brown
OK. Got it. They don't want to crash into the mountains. ;)
Nov 2, 2018 4:27PM
Brendan Brannigan
I think the point is, they’re afraid of crashing into the mountains.
Nov 2, 2018 4:33PM
Flyingtigers nunn
Not to mention that it’s Chinese airspace. Their aircraft will help you crash into a mountain too!😀
Jun 6, 2019 9:22PM
Well we get it so okay don't go to bed because you're crashing to the mountain got it
Sep 25, 2020 10:31PM
Linda Spreng
There's a whole lot of sky around Tibet, so it would be prudent to avoid the Himalayas altogether.
Aug 28, 2020 8:50PM
Linda Spreng
Helen Lynch, Could be.
Aug 28, 2020 8:48PM
Linda Spreng
jch, The aircraft may be better today. However, the other impelling reasons to not fly over the mountain are deadly accurate. Engine failure, loss of cabin pressure, etc.
Aug 28, 2020 8:46PM
damon l clements
Jun 15, 2020 10:47PM
Those darn mountains are too darn high! They get in the way!
Apr 4, 2020 2:09AM
You make a good point but they flew over Tibet during the war (WW11 ) and there crashes "over the hump" but aircrafts are supposed to be better today.
Jan 25, 2020 5:42PM
Barb MacNeil
tracewallace, Dems would want to tax them. 🤷🏼‍♀️
Jan 14, 2020 4:11AM
Barb MacNeil
gdwhitton, 😂😂😂😂😂 You made me get my measuring stick out. 😂😂
Jan 14, 2020 4:07AM
Barb MacNeil
Flyingtigers nunn, 😂😂😂🙏🏻
Jan 14, 2020 4:05AM
Good information
Dec 9, 2019 7:48PM
Wow I think they’re afraid to crash Into the mountains.
Oct 28, 2019 4:19PM
ann garton
Of the 16 in our tour group to Tibet, we (2) were the only ones who enjoyed the trip THE REST COULD NOT HANDLE THE THIN AIR! Even our tour guide succumbed to the lack of O2. He said that we were JUST LUCKY.😊
Jun 3, 2019 12:37AM
Maria Rychlicki, A good point. I guess the quiz preparers erroneously assume that the Tibetan PLATEAU is synonymous with the Himalayas. It is not. So flying to Lhasa from Chengdu, you're, therefore, in the clear.
May 17, 2019 6:57PM

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